Description: Go birding with Melissa Petschauer from High Desert Partnership. Ecologist and birder extraordinaire, Melissa will help you gain a better understanding of the role the Harney Basin plays in the Pacific Flyway and the wetland/floodplain restoration efforts in the area, aimed at improving habitat for migratory birds. This tour moves through the Silvies River Floodplain with a stop at Wright’s Point, where you can see Malheur Lake on the horizon and get a bird’s eye view of the Silvies Floodplain.
The Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative, an effort umbrella under the High Desert Partnership, will be a subject of interest on this tour. The initiative is a cooperative effort between conservation partners, local ranching families and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – all working to build an understanding of how to manage the flood-irrigated wet meadows in the Harney Basin in a manner that reduces carp reintroduction, provides food for migrating water birds, and provides a sustainable economic return for ranching families. The Harney Basin is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway and this cooperative effort will ensure it remains a healthy stopover for decades to come.